Advent and new traditions.

Wow it seems like such a long time since I last managed to write a post but I am very excited about this one. Now Junebug is a bit bigger I have been thinking of some Christmas traditions to start for our family. One I’ve seen floating around on Facebook and Pinterest is the Kindness Elves. They are cute little elves which appear on 1st December and suggest activities to do to make something or help someone out each day. What fun! I wanted something which would build the excitement of Christmas, especially as we aren’t ones for having the decorations up super early. These are perfect as they can be used to talk about the Christmas story as well as thinking about being kind and generous to others.

The trouble I’ve had is that Junebug, at 17 months, is still too young to join in a lot of the ideas I’ve seen suggested online for the Kindness Elves so I’ve had to try and think of simpler ones for us to do. Also she quite often would rather just play with the Elves than do the activity but I usually manage to get a bit of involvement from her.

Here are some pictures of the things we have been doing so far:

The Kindness Elves' first suggestion was for us to make decorations to send to Junebug's grandparents. We don't see them very often so we thought they would like a little surprise in the post.

The Kindness Elves’ first suggestion was for us to make decorations to send to Junebug’s grandparents. We don’t see them very often so we thought they would like a little surprise in the post.

Junebug trying to wander off with the elves to play.

Junebug trying to wander off with the elves to play.

Putting the elves in her pencil case so we could do some colouring.

Putting the elves in her pencil case so we could do some colouring.

Phoebe coloured the snowflakes (I helped) and then stuck shiny sequins onto dots of glue. I added a photo of her for the centre.

Junebug coloured the snowflakes (I helped) and then stuck shiny sequins onto dots of glue. I added a photo of her for the centre.

We lined the elves up on my knee to watch us finishing our craft.

We lined the elves up on my knee to watch us finishing our craft.

The finished product!

The finished product!

We put the little elves to bed in their basket. Junebug likes to make snoring noises while doing this and every time she spots the basket is on the mantelpiece.

We put the little elves to bed in their basket. Junebug likes to make snoring noises while doing this and every time she spots the basket on the mantelpiece.

The Christmas Elves found Junebug's instruments so we could practise the songs for her nativity with the childminder.

The Christmas Elves found Junebug’s instruments so we could practise the songs for her nativity with the childminder.

The Christmas Elves got some things out so we could make a tray of yummy and useful things for her babysitter while Daddy and I went to the cinema.

The Christmas Elves got some things out so we could make a tray of yummy and useful things for her babysitter while Daddy and I went to the cinema.

Junebug put the biscuits on the plate, found the remotes and drew on Mummy's letter.

Junebug put the biscuits on the plate, found the remotes and drew on Mummy’s l

The elves let Junebug have half a cookie for being so helpful putting the things on the tray.

The elves let Junebug have half a cookie for being so helpful putting the things on the tray.

Junebug was feeling rather poorly so dragged a blanket onto the sofa for a cuddle. The elves came too obviously.

Junebug was feeling rather poorly so dragged a blanket onto the sofa for a cuddle. The elves came too obviously.

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We are thoroughly enjoying the Kindness Elves and all their lovely Christmassy ideas. At the weekend we are going to make crispy cakes for the church stall and decorate our very own Christmas tree. Other ideas I’ve had for the coming days of advent are making cookies for all the children at the childminders, taking groceries and a treat round to one of her friends house and packing away some of the toys she is too grown up for (sob!) for a future sibling.

If you have any ideas which we could borrow we would be really grateful. Happy advent all!

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